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Katy Perry Habitually Tardy for the 'Idol' Party

1/18/2018 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Katy Perry is having some serious issues making it to the "American Idol" judge's table on time. 

Production sources tell us Katy's almost always late to the audition rounds, showing up 10-25 minutes after call time. While it's been frustrating for show producers, we're told the other judges -- Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie -- haven't been all that upset.

There's a bigger issue that looms. We're told the judges are all solid and their chemistry is good. Problem is ... there's no comedic tension a la Paula/Simon or Blake/Adam on "The Voice." Katy is really fun, Lionel has a strong point of view and Luke's pure country. But they're not at each other's throats, either in a serious or funny way, and some honchos are worried that's the kind of heat that makes a show a hit.

As one source said, the editing of the auditions is everything. It could make or break the reboot.

John Stamos Future Papa's a Baby Whisperer!

1/18/2018 6:50 AM PST

John Stamos ain't got daddy issues ... never mind he's gonna be a first-time papa.

We got the "Full House" star at LAX with his pregnant fiancée, Caitlin McHugh, in tow and wondered what it'll be like to a first-time father at 54. Our photog might've touched a nerve there, so he pivoted and then asked ... if his TV dad skills will translate in real life.

John cracked a joke, but the future DILF revealed he's actually really great around babies.

Have mercy!!!

Betty White Here's How I'm Celebrating #96 ...

1/17/2018 11:52 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Betty White's trending online, but don't worry ... it's for a great reason -- her 96th birthday!

Betty's been one of Hollywood's hardest working leading ladies for years, but today she's taking it easy. A rep for the TV legend tells us ... Betty's relaxing Wednesday for her bday and plans on having a low-key dinner tonight at a friend's house.

As you'll recall ... White worked on her birthday when she turned 95, prepping for a guest spot on the sitcom "Young & Hungry." No such projects this time around, but we're told she's in great health and as spry as ever.

Happy birthday, Betty!!!

Kevin Spacey Cops Investigate 3rd London Sexual Assault

1/17/2018 11:18 AM PST
Breaking News

Kevin Spacey's under a new Scotland Yard investigation -- a third man filed a complaint alleging the actor sexually assaulted him.

Scotland Yard says the alleged victim went to police on December 13 claiming Spacey sexually assaulted him in 2005 in Westminster. We're told Officers from the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command are now investigating.

Cops in London are already investigating 2 similar complaints lodged against Spacey, who was artistic director at The Old Vic theater from 2004 to 2015. The theatre has received over 20 complaints against Spacey, and strongly urged people who came forward to contact police.

Spacey hasn't been criminally charged in any of the investigations launched since Anthony Rapp claimed Spacey sexually assaulted him.

Darren Criss I'm Playing Versace's Killer as a Person ... Not a Murderer

1/17/2018 10:08 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Darren Criss gave us a peek into the serial killer he's playing in tonight's premiere of 'Gianni Versace: American Crime Story' ... and it sounds like he gave his murderous character some humanity.

Darren was leaving the AOL building in New York City Tuesday, when our photog asked about his portrayal of Andrew Cunanan, who murdered 5 people including Versace before committing suicide.

The actor gave us a hint as to how he's playing him, which probably will not sit well with the members of the Versace family, who have vowed to boycott the series. The family has called the show a "work of fiction."

Fact is ... there's a huge buzz over Ryan Murphy's latest series, which premieres Wednesday on FX.

N.J. Gov Phil Murphy Sworn In Post-Christie Don't Look Down

1/17/2018 7:56 AM PST

Phil Murphy is officially New Jersey's next governor post-Chris Christie -- but, while he was taking his oath ... the guy's oldest kid was busy honoring "Malcolm in the Middle."

Phil's eldest son, Josh Murphy, flashed the OK sign below his waist for the tail end of his father's swearing-in Tuesday -- which means he was playing the infamous Circle Game.

In case you aren't familiar, the game was made famous by the hit 2000s show in which the characters prank each other by making someone look down at a circle formed below the belt ... which then gives 'em the right to punch the poor sap.

Unclear why Josh did it (a bit too old, no?) ... but, technically, he probably owes most of New Jersey a hard sock to the arm. Us included, actually.

'OITNB' Star Lea DeLaria F*** Casey Affleck I Care About the Women He Harassed ... Allegedly

1/17/2018 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Casey Affleck should be banned from presenting the Best Actress Oscar this year because he's been accused of sexual harassment ... so says "Orange Is the New Black" star Lea DeLaria.

We got Lea at LAX Tuesday and asked her if Casey -- who last year won an Oscar for Best Actor in "Manchester by the Sea" -- should be allowed to present this year, given his sexual misconduct history and the #MeToo movement in full effect.

Casey, of course, was sued by 2 women in 2010 for sexual harassment and the cases were settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. And with that in mind ... Lea says Casey shouldn't be presenting Oscars this year.

Btw, in the clip, she uses the word "rape," but Casey's never been accused of that.

'American Chopper' Star Ol' Paul Teutul Has a Farm ... But Needs A Bigger One!!!

1/17/2018 12:40 AM PST
Exclusive Details

Paul Teutul Sr. wants to ride off into the sunset with more land and more animals, but he's gotta unload his old ranch first, so he slashed the price ... TMZ has learned.

The "American Chopper" star recently dropped asking price from $2.9 million to $2.5 mil for his 38-plus-acre upstate New York spread. We're told he's on the hunt for a place with more land for his rescue animals. Fun fact about Paul ... he's VP of the Hudson Valley SPCA.

Paul originally put the Montgomery, NY home on the market in Oct. It's got 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, attached pool house and, of course, the pool ... complete with slide and waterfall! His listing agent is Seta Tunell with Ellis Sotheby's International Realty.

The home was frequently featured on 'Chopper' ... which, btw, is coming back to TV this February after a 5-year hiatus. We're told Paul's animal rescue operation -- with mini-horses, donkeys and alpacas -- will be prominently featured.

NAACP Image Awards Celebs Stunt At the After-Party

1/16/2018 7:11 AM PST

The NAACP Image Awards brought out a ton of stars for the main show ... and just as many to the after-party.

Celebs like Anthony Anderson, Danny Glover, Issa Rae, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan PeeleCaleb McLaughlin, Chadwick Boseman, Deon Cole and lots more showed up and showed out after the show ... all of whom were dressed to the nines.

As we reported ... Anthony roasted Tyrese during the opening monologue, making fun of his breakdown. And, of course, Halle Berry went commando earlier in the night, too.

Definitely a night of images to remember. 

Anthony Anderson Mocks Tyrese At NAACP Image Awards

1/16/2018 6:39 AM PST

Anthony Anderson was hilarious at the NAACP Image Awards Monday night, taking unmerciful jabs at Tyrese for his crying fits during his recent custody battle.

Anderson started out solemn ... making it seem like he had sympathy for Tyrese, and then he shifted gears and unleashed some wicked jokes.

The "Black-ish" star, who MC'd the event, honed in on Tyrese's bogus claim Will and Jada Smith gave him millions of dollars to keep him afloat. Anderson says Tyrese didn't need the cash 'cause he's loaded. 

Aziz Ansari Addresses Sexual Misconduct Allegation It Was 'Completely Consensual'

1/14/2018 7:03 AM PST
Breaking News

6:18 PM PT -- Aziz has responded saying he believed the sexual activity he engaged in with the anonymous woman was completely consensual. He says the day after the incident he got a text from her saying, "it may have seemed okay" but, after further reflection she felt uncomfortable. He says, "It was true that everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned."

Aziz says he "took her words to heart and responded privately." He says he continues to support the #MeToo and Time's Up movements as well.

Aziz Ansari has been accused of sexual assault by a woman who claims he repeatedly got sexually aggressive with her despite her protestations.

The woman -- who remains anonymous -- claims she went on a date with him last year and ended up in his Tribeca apartment. She claims he almost immediately began kissing, fondling and undressing her and then said he was going to grab a condom. The woman says she asked him to slow down, but he continued and performed oral sex on her.

She says when he started sticking his fingers in her throat, she used "verbal and non-verbal cues" to indicate her discomfort. 

The woman says she doesn't know if Ansari got the message at first, but when it eventually registered, she says he told her, "Of course, it's only fun if we're both having fun."

Still, she says Ansari continued to push himself on her. She says she eventually left in tears. 

The woman, who first told her story to Babe.net, texted Ansari the next day, "Last night might have been fun for you it wasn't for me. When we got back to your place, you ignored clear, non-verbal cues; you kept going with advances. You had to have noticed I was uncomfortable." She then described part of the encounter.

The woman says she decided to come forward after she saw Ansari wearing a Time's Up pin at the Golden Globes, where he won Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy TV Series for his lead role on "Master of None."

We reached out to Ansari's rep ... so far, no word back.

'Narcos' Pablo's Bro Surrenders In Trademark Turf War

1/15/2018 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The Escobar fam doesn't usually back down from a fight, but it waved the white flag in a showdown with a TV powerhouse ... TMZ has learned.

Escobar Inc. -- the company run by Pablo's bro, Roberto -- folded in the battle to cash in on the terms "Narcos" and "Cartel Wars." Both were made famous recently by the popular Netflix show, and the related video game.

According to new legal docs, the company filed an abandonment of its trademark application in November. We broke the story ... lawyers for "Narcos" called BS on Pablo for filing paperwork claiming ownership of "Narcos" in connection with a website.

It's unclear if a settlement was reached, but if a Narcos battle ends peacefully -- no blood, no foul.

'Blacklist' Star Trump vs. Mueller? My Money's On ...

1/15/2018 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

President Trump's all but down for the count in his battle with Special Counsel Robert Mueller ... so says "The Blacklist" star Harry Lennix.

We got Lennix at LAX and asked him what he thought about Trump saying "We'll see what happens" when asked if he'll allow Mueller's investigative team to interview him. Remember ... Mueller has spent 8 months looking into whether Russia interfered with the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

Lennix -- who plays FBI Assistant Director on 'Blacklist' -- makes no bones about where his allegiance stands.

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